Introduction Video Assignment

Deadline posted in D2L



Introduction Video Assignment – Students will shoot, edit and produce a video creating a short introduction video.  The emphasis is on using the camera, tripod and microphone. Students will learn how to adjust music and audio levels. Students work with partners for this project or alone.  Each student will learn to be in front of a camera and learn all camera gear.
Note: One video for each person in your group.  Groups of TWO only!
Contact: Jannet Walsh


Student video by Ali Grillo


Student video by Brett Mensing


Deadline posted in D2L
1.  Check list:
 Before posting video to D2L, use the Checklist FIRST. See below, bottom of this page.

2.  Deliverables:  A link to your personal YouTube channel of the edited video, published an UNLISTED or PUBLIC only. Private videos can’t be viewed and will make your project late, subject to penalties.

3.  Screen shot:  Provide a screen shot of video after it has been posted on YouTube.  Make sure you provide a title and caption for your video.

Applications and Gear –  Using Adobe Premiere Pro Creative Cloud Panasonic AC 90 camera, tripod and external microphones, and iMac computer for editing video

Start Planning now!


About Video – Requirements

  1. One video for each person on your video team will be produced.
  2. You will be creating a video that is at least 35 seconds to one minute in length.
  3. Subject of video:  Each person will create a simple introduction video and will be the subject.
  4. Other team members will be shooting video, monitoring audio and serving as producers in the field.
  5. Gear:  Must use the Panasonic AC 90, tripod, external microphone and head set.   Bring your camera guide with you to make sure you have properly set your camera, audio, tripod and everything.
  6. Video Editing:  All videos are edited with Adobe Premiere Pro CC.
  7. See suggested script below to make video.  This needs to be professional, or plan on reshooting.
  8. You can memorize your script or you can be promoted with questions.  Make sure you are prepared and it does not should like it’s been rehearsed.  It  should look like you are having  conversation,  telling someone that has never met you about yourself.
  9.  Prompting – If your team members are asking you questions, DO NOT include the questions for prompting in video, it will only be the person in front of the camera speaking included in video and their voice.   Leave time, about 5 seconds or so between answering the asking answering the questions to avoid problems when editing, or plan extra time for reshooting your assignment.
  10. You can include b-roll, such as campus settings, but the emphasis is the person in the video.
  11.  You can include music for the opening title and rolling credits.  You must credit the music in the rolling end title.
  12. Required title slides:  Opening or main title, lower thirds
    Name of Person (Main title)
    Saint Cloud State University (subtitle)
  13. Additional Lower thirds title: (optional) Can be used with name of person, and other details, such as what student is majoring
    Name of Person
    Public Relations Major (Broadcast, Business or other)
  14. Required Rolling End title: (Can use a still end title instead of rolling) All details of producers of your project, music, copyright details
  15. Scrolling title (optional):  You can use a scrolling title to highlight awards, honors, GPA, student activities or something that’s important about you to a prospective employer or highlight your academic and career goals.
  16. Rule of Thirds:  Avoid placing the person or subject in the center in the viewfinder.
    Click on image below to enlarge.
  17. In the viewfinder, front of camera and behind:  The majority of your shots should include the subject’s head and shoulders or chest and shoulders.  You can include b-roll of subject walking for full length views.Watch the opening minutes of the BBC Viking Saga and see how the presenter is placed in the frame, almost never in the center, using the Rule of Thirds.
    Click on image below to enlarge.

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  18. Above all:  Make sure your camera is tightly mounted to tripod, you are monitoring audio at all times with headset.  Make sure you have properly set up the record settings, audio and all camera setting.  Refer to your camera guide if you are in doubt.


Script suggestions


Sample Script

Use this for ideas for creating your own script.
This is meant to be an outline to write your script, does not to be exactly as below, but might help speed your writing process.


Hi, I’m Your Name Here, student at Saint Cloud State University.
(You can say what city and state you are from, if you wish.  If you are an international student, you might say what country you are from.)

I’m a Mass Communication student, with an emphasis in adverting and minor in marketing and general business. (Update with major or minors, what you are studying.)

I’m active with the student media on campus as the photo editor of University Chronicle newspaper, also writing and producing videos that air on the university station, UTVS.
(Add what you are doing to build up your student portfolio.)

My goals is to own my own media company, work for major news agency, and travel the world.
(Say what your professional goals are in general.)

I am continuously updating my skills, recently created a WordPress website, websites using Adobe Dreamweaver with Bootstrap and editing video with Adobe Premiere Pro CC.
(Add what you are learning that shows you have the latest technical skills.)

This is Your Name Here, student from Saint Cloud State University.
(This is when you end your script,your signoff.)


(Graduating soon –
If you are graduating, you can add this to your video.)

This is Your name here, Class of 2016, from Saint Cloud State University.


Required Camera
***iPad kits, tripod, including microphone
 (Panasonic AC90 kits optional)

VideoFinalProjectPanasonic AC90 – The recording format for this project is PH 1080/60i.
View general reference guide for camera. 

  • Storyboard (Optional) – Download Word Doc to help plan camera shots for project.  Plan out shots, include photos and types of shots you plan to shoot.  Download 
  • Doing all the work for your video team? If your video partner is not doing their fair share of work, such as showing up for video shoots, planning,  editing, please let the instructor know.  This project is a partnership.

Start Post Production

Downloading video

Panasonic AC90

  • Turn camera off before removing SD (Secure Digital) cards from Panasonic AC90
  • iMacs – The iMacs have a SD card slot or reader located on the back of the computer display.  Locate the slot and insert your SD card.
  • Create Folder in Data HD in iMac, portable hard drive – In the Data HardDrive or your personal portable hard drive, NOT jump or flip drive, create a folder for your video.  Give folder your name, such as JannetWalshVideoProject.  Name it something that will be easy to find.
  • Private Folder – Copy the Private folder, located in the SD card on the iMac desktop, to the folder you just created, JannetWalshVideoProject.  DON’T RENAME PRIVATE FOLDER. Do not take the files out of the folder.  Move the entire folder named PRIVATE.
  • More than one SD Card – If you have more than one SD card to download, create another folder inside video folder, JannetWalshVideoProject, and copy the next Private folders, but don’t rename.  Follow this procedure for the next download.  This will help prevent damaging video files during downloads.
  • Removal of SD card from iMac – Before removing card, make sure you can locate all your files in your folder in the DataHD or personal hard drive. Use the ejection button on the keyboard to    remove the SD card.

Create new Project

  • Open Premiere Pro application, icon is purple with letters PR.
  • Create new Project – Go to:  File, new project or use the welcome window to create new project.  Name it with a date and a name that you will know it it and easy to find. 
    Example: 120416JannetWalshfinalvideo
  • Save project in your video folder, Example: JannetWalshVideoProject, you created in the DataHD or your portable hard drive. 
  • Use the Browse button on the New Project window to go to the DataHD.  The Scratch disk should be Same as Project location.
  • Import Media Clips – Now you need to import the media clips you just copied from the Private folder, now located in the DataHD or portable hard drive. JannetWalshVideoProject. 
  • Import Media – Go to the Media Browser, lower left corner of Premiere Pro window,  Shift +8.
  • Next, navigate to your video folder, JannetWalshVideoProject, in the DataHD or portable hard drive.  You will see your media clips appearing as thumbnail images. 
  • Right click on the PRIVATE folder with your media files, select IMPORT. COMMAND S to save.
  • Your clips are now in your media browser ready to edited. 

Title slides

Title slides are available for download and uploading to your project.  Go to the D2L and download files.

Titles Templates for Adobe Project 

  • Download Title Slide folder in D2L, click to uncompress folder
  • Place folder in video folder in DataHD or your personal hard drive
    (Flash or jump drive is not a hard drive, only used for transferring documents.)
  • Open Adobe Premiere Pro CC app or directly go to your project. 
  • In Premiere Pro, go to File, Import, navigate to the folder with template tiles.
  • Look in your project media browser to check if your title are there.
  • Command + S, save on Mac.
  • You now have title available for your project.  Update as needed with with your information. 
  • Get help in class.

Video Editing

  • Video Editing – The video must be edited with Adobe Premiere Pro CC.  View Tutorials

Music Resources

Required TItles

  • Title templates are available for upload for this project from the D2L or create your own.
  • Reference link for video tutorials for titles
  • Main or cover title – The main title of  the video video is the title slide that introduces your video.  Keep this simple.  Create a lower thirds title, with the name of video and a second and third line, smaller text, but readable of the video partners.  Time:  about 5 seconds. 
  • Lower third title for each person in the video that is singled out in video, use a first and last name, if possible. 
    Example:  The on-camera talent or narrator must be named. Time:  about 5 seconds or so.
  • Crawling title (OPTIONAL) – Add a crawling title, it does not have to be long, a few words,  adding extra details about your video or the location you shot the video.  Make sure the speed of the crawl is readable. Time: The time needed to read the title with ease will determine the length of the crawling title.
  • End title or credit  – Rolling or still title at the end of video with copyright, details on music, artist and license you have for the audio.  List the video partners that photographed, edited and produced video.  (That’s you!)  Time:  about 5  more seconds or the time needed to read the title  with ease. 
  • Check your spelling for all captions and make sure all titles are within the Safe Margins


  1. Go to File, Export, then Media. An export window will open.
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  2. Source Range: Entire Sequence, located on bottom left of export window
  1. Format: H.264, located format on right side of export window, then look for H.2.64
  1. Preset: Match – High bitrate, on right side of export window.  Make sure it’s not on another setting.
  1. Output Name: Student name, VideoFinal and project due date. Name video file something that you know what the video is about.
  1. TV Standard: NTSC, located on right side of export window.
  2. Select Export button – Export button is located on bottom right corner of export window. The export will take about the same amount of time as the running time of the video you created.
  1. Locate your finished video file and review. Make changes in project before uploading to YouTube,


Review the assignment and checklist before uploading to YouTube. Make sure you have all the requirements for your video.

Before exporting and Uploading to YouTube

Use this list before exporting and uploading your video to YouTube. If you have followed the directions in the video tutorials,then you will be on track.

  1. Length of video – The length of the video is at least 35 seconds to one minute in length, depending on editing. There’s many ways to edit a video with media clips and title slides.
  1. You have adjusted the audio levels to about -6 db, making it easy to listen to and not too loud. If the audio meter is not indicating any red levels, you have properly adjusted the audio.
  1. The Main Video Title has been updated with your details, along for the edited and produced by with your name and video partner’s names.
  1. The Rolling Title has been updated with your details for the edited and produced by with your name.
  1. Lower Third and Crawling Title have been added to the video project.
  1. B-Roll has been added to video. (Optional) The video is well paced and the B-Roll appears to match the rhythm of the music. The video clips match the music flow and the edits are clean, with no gabs. Video transitions are added, but not necessary.
  1. Export Video from Premiere Pro Steps
    Go to File, Export, then Media.
    Source Range: Entire Sequence
    Format: H.264
    Preset: Match – High bitrate
    Output Name: Student name, EditAudio and project due date
    TV Standard NTSC
    Export – Export video and review final video
  2. Upload to YouTube
    Go to YouTube, select Upload and drag or drop video file.
    Complete title and caption area, make video UNLISTEDPUBLIC or NOT private!
  1. Watch video and make sure it’s as you want and can see it all.
  2. Deliver final video by due date – Send a link of UNLISTED YouTube video link and  a screen shot of video on YouTube to the D2L.